Georgia Department of Corrections
James E. Donald, Commissioner
Director of Public Information
Contact: Office of Public Affairs (404) 656-9772
ATLANTA– The Georgia Department of Corrections will dedicate a new Transitional Center at Phillips State Prison with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, April, 17th at 11:00 a.m. Phillips State Prison is located at 2989 West Rock Quarry Rd., Buford, GA.
“Approximately 97% of offenders who enter prison will eventually be released to the community,” stated Commissioner James E. Donald. “Research shows that offenders who have had risk reduction and job skills training to prepare them for re-entry are more successful in maintaining a crime-free life after prison.”
Transitional Centers, sometimes called “work release centers”, serve as a halfway house for selected inmates who are nearing their release from prison. Inmates are carefully screened to help ensure that only quality individuals are selected. Transitional Centers give individuals, referred to as “residents”, the opportunity to re-enter society in a structured, supervised setting. The Georgia Department of Corrections has operated transitional centers for over 30 years, and Phillips will become the twelfth center in the system.
Residents, after completing four weeks of counseling and life skill programs, are required to find and hold regular employment in the community. From their salaries, they pay state and federal taxes, room and board back to the State, and whatever fines and restitution that have been imposed by the court. The residents save the rest in their accounts and take that with them upon release. Typically, the residents stay at the center for 7 to 9 months. Approximately 350 inmates are released from Georgia prisons back to our communities each week.
Correctional Officers are at the center 24 hours a day, seven days a week, accounting for each and every resident for every hour of the day. Any resident who cannot abide by the strict rules of the center is returned to prison. Residents know that attending a transitional center is a privilege, not a right, and very few want to lose that privilege.
The Department of Corrections is the fifth largest prison system in the United States and is responsible for supervising over 60,000 state prisoners and 140,000 probationers. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with nearly 15,000 employees.